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Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 1:00 pm

Starting fast was a top priority for Washington during the Bank of Sullivan Shootout Saturday afternoon.

The Blue Jays (7-2) jumped to a 17-0 lead over the first five minutes of their game against Lindbergh and cruised to a 59-18 victory at Sullivan High School.

“That was our goal, to start fast. I was just worried about an emotional letdown. When you play in a close game and win, then you get here on a neutral site and don’t have that crowd, I didn’t want our guys to go through the motions,” said Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann. “That’s how we challenged them. I was really proud of the way they responded.”

Lindbergh (2-4) had no answer for Washington’s full-court pressure.

The Blue Jays, who extended their winning streak to five games, were able to speed things up with their pressure, force turnovers and get opportunities on the offensive end.

“We made a few adjustments after the last game. Pacific knew what we were going to do and they broke it well,” Sodemann said. “The press bothered Lindbergh. That’s where we felt we had an advantage.”

Leading the way for Washington was Ronnie Suggs, who scored 18 points, 16 in the first half. He was named to the all-shootout first team.

Luke Schroepfer finished the game with 12 points.

Brad Carpenter hit three three-pointers in the first half to score nine points.

“Our top guys, Ronnie, Luke Schroepfer, Brad, and those guys, they set the tempo by playing with a lot of energy,” Sodemann said. “We got some buckets early and everything fell into place from there.”

Jared Walde collected seven points, all in the first half.

Luke Hasenjaeger and Jacob Mulkey both scored five points. Christian Hardesty had three points.

Jordan Desnoyer scored seven points for Lindbergh.

“Everybody played their role,” Sodemann said. “We had guys make the extra pass. We had guys pushing in transition trying to get some easy layups. Overall, it was a good team win.”

The full-court press has been and should continue to be a big weapon for the Blue Jays.

“We have some guys who are a little bit longer. Tonight, it was a turnover causer. Against McCluer, it’s going to have to be a tempo controller. You adjust it based on your personnel and based on who you’re playing,” Sodemann said. “Our guys are doing a good job buying into it and buying into our defense. We held them to 18 points, which is pretty good.”

Suggs, Schroepfer and Carpenter all scored multiple points right off the bat.

Before the Flyers knew what hit them, it was 17-0 and then 20-2 with 2:50 left in the first quarter.

Washington led 28-6 after the first eight minutes.

The Blue Jays kept their defense intact for the remainder of the game, leading 42-12 at halftime and 53-17 after three quarters.

Lindbergh didn’t score more than six points in any of the four quarters.

Meramec Tournament

Washington is seeded fourth for the 2012 Meramec Holiday Festival Tournament Wednesday through Sunday at St. Louis Community College-Meramec.

The top three seeds are CBC, Hazelwood Central and DeSmet.

“It’s going to be brutal. There are no easy games in that tournament, no matter who you’re playing. Everybody is well-coached and will be ready,’ Sodemann said. “We’re excited. Now that we’ve been there for a year, we know what to expect. Hopefully this year we can come out with a couple of victories.”

The Blue Jays play in the tournament’s opening game against 13th-seeded McCluer (0-5) Wednesday at 4 p.m.

“They’re extremely athletic. They’re big,” Sodemann said of McCluer. “They don’t have the guards they used to have. They have some big guys who chase the boards. It’s going to be a hard game.”

The Washington-McCluer loser will play the Vianney-Marquette loser Thursday at 12:30 p.m. The Washington-McCluer winner will play the Vianney-Marquette winner Friday at 4 p.m.

The tournament continues Saturday and concludes Sunday.

A complete schedule of the tournament can be found at

“Winning a couple of games would be great for our program and our guys. Winning two games at Meramec, that’s pretty good,” Sodemann said. “We’ll just take it one game at a time and get ready for McCluer. We know what they do. Hopefully our guys will come out ready to play.”


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games